Deploy Action Mailbox to Postmark
Step by Step walkthrough for configuring your Action Mailbox Rails app with Postmark.
In-Depth look at Action Mailbox
Email is a powerful and flexible way to extend the capabilities of your Rails application. It’s a familiar and low friction way for users to interact with your app.
Using Concerns with Ruby on Rails
Rails Concerns are a great way to keep your code DRY by making it easy to share code across Modules and Classes. The post will be going through some of the in-and-outs of Concerns, why they're useful and how to use them.
Upgrading your Jumpstart Pro App
An in-depth look at how I keep my Jumpstart Pro SaaS apps updated
Blue Ridge Ruby Recap
Recap of the inaugural Blur Ridge Ruby Conference and an overview of my conference travel and tech setup
5 tips for new Rails developers
5 tips for new Rails developers to be more productive and confident.
The Mom Test Revisited
Re-reads always surface new information but re-reading The Mom Test at a different part of my customer journey was enlightening
Something interesting I've noticed is that what you consider lucky can change as time goes on.
Adding dark mode to your Rails application with Tailwind and Stimulus
This post walks through the steps to add a dark-mode toggle to your Rails app with Tailwind and Stimulus JS. On top of actually implementing the ability to toggle back and forth, I'll also go over some ways you can create your own custom dark theme
Building Easter Eggs Into Phone Systems with Ruby
Creating easter egg features in a Twilio voice phone line with a few blocks of code
Advanced Route Constraints with Rails
A quick look into using advanced routing constraints with Ruby on Rails and how I used them to dynamically whitelist static page routes.
Automating Updates to Twilio Webhook URLs
After forgetting to update Twilio webhook URLs to ngrok pointing to my local environment one too many times, I wanted to see if there was a way to automate that process and not have to worry about it again.
How You Could Be Losing 40% of Your Investment Returns
If I were to ask you to name your investment returns and the fees you paid, which do you think you’d have a better chance of answering? Most people would rather lovingly gaze upon their beefy returns instead of thinking about how much of their returns they sacrificed to fees.
7 Alternative Investments You May Have Never Heard Of
With stocks jumping 90% or more in a single day, it’s hard to imagine why you wouldn’t want to get on that rocket ship with everyone else. When the gravy train with biscuit wheels is rolling through town, you get on board.
The goal setting system used by the most successful people
You set out to accomplish something with the best intentions and slowly drift away and lose focus. More times than not, you’ll revisit and wish you hadn’t stopped and think about where you’d be if you had kept up. You’re not alone.
How You're Sabotaging Your Productivity
Time is a ruthless beast that no amount of money can tame or console.
Change the way you think about New Year's resolutions for success
Millions of us set out each January with the best intentions of forging a new self. Usually by mid-February you’re throwing out spoiled uneaten vegetables or have that pair of running shoes collecting dust and mocking you from the corner of your closet. I know, I’ve been there…a lot. But there’s hope for us all.
Creating A Simple Twitter Bot with Ruby
Let me preface this by saying I'm not always the biggest fan of Twitter bots. With that said, they can be useful and fun to build. Here is a quick rundown of creating a simple Twitter bot in Ruby.
Creating Rails Application Templates
Why choose a template over just having a full application you can clone from github as a fresh starting point? I think Rails templates are a much more powerful and versatile option. Rails templates are built on Thor which is probably the best feature in Rails you’ve never heard about.
Deploy Your Octopress Blog To Heroku
So first off, what exactly is Octopress? Octopress is billed as a blogging framework for hackers. It's a little different that some of the other blogging frameworks you may have had some experience with.
My Time At Dreamit Ventures
On June 20th of this year, I boarded a flight bound for San Francisco. Armed with only a suitcase and a laptop, I was heading to a coding bootcamp to follow a crazy dream of switching careers and becoming a developer. I had no idea what the next 3 months would bring. My first two weeks were spent on the top bunk at a hacker house. My 'room' was really the living room. I didn't even have a chance to fall asleep with the light off and not have people working around me until week 3.
New Site, New Job
Hello all! My last post was on a different blog and a few months back. I decided to set up a new blog once I came across the [Octopress](http://octopress.org/) blogging framework. It's billed as 'A blogging framework for hackers' making it much easier to share code snippets. It's also built in Ruby so it seemed like a great project for me to tinker with. This will be a place where I can share what I'm working on, tips and tricks I pick up, and the occasional rant.
First off, this is the first time I have ever bought a one-way ticket, not going to lie, felt a little weird. The reason I didn’t purchase a round trip ticket is I wanted to leave the possibility of doing some interviews open. Also, hitting the exact day I would need to fly back (and stick to since I’m stubborn and would refuse to pay change fees) 5-6 months down the road really seemed like hitting a moving target.